Why this season’s away kits need to be redesigned

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Kit reveals are a highlight for football fans the world over, and it’s no different in the A-League. However, it seems the away kits were put on the back burner this season.

The most basic purpose of any kit is to prevent confusion for players on the field, but that has not stopped a number of A-League clubs creating away strips that clash with another team’s home colours.

Half of the 12 A-League clubs are using a predominantly white away kit this season. Unfortunately, newcomers Macarthur FC don a white home uniform.

The only teams distinct enough to get away with it, in this case, are Perth Glory and Western United as their kits feature a thick coloured band across the chest.

On top of this, Newcastle Jets have almost replicated an old version of another clubs home jersey. Their away kit this season blends the Mariners 2016/17 jersey and the all-important Usain Bolt feature kit.

It’s also important to discuss Adelaide United. Their kit bares similarities to the Mariners colours, yet they also look like they have rolled straight out of a McDonald’s. In previous seasons their away kits have been great, so why not stick to what works?

Let us discuss Wellington Phoenix, as there is not a single hint of relevance whatsoever.

Their club colours are black and yellow, yet they went with an ombre blue away kit. This would be better suited to Melbourne Victory or the Jets, who utilise the colour in their home kit.

Victory has achieved all it needs with a simple inverted design of the ‘V’ that features on their home kit. Macarthur have also, as they went with a similar look by using an inverted grey design.

Those kits are everything an away kit should be. They maintain the essence of the home kit by utilising key club colours and yet are still different enough to not create any sort of mix-up for players nor fans.

Sometimes less is more and this is best achieved through a simple inversion of the existent home kit. Such design ensures clarity and cohesion across the board.

The exception of course, is clubs who use similar colours who may require a slightly altered design to maintain the purpose of differentiating clubs.

Let us hope next season sees some more thought out designs.

Feature Image Credit: Perth Glory

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Breanna Redhead
Breanna Redhead
WA based student journalist, covering Perth Glory for the 2020/21 A-League season

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